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Hi, I'm Holly.



A 31-year old Scottish Lass with a love for highlight, heels and homeware.

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9.19.2018

31 Things From My 31st Year

It's my Birthday today and while it'd be easy to throw together a 'what I got for my birthday' haul kinda post, I thought I would talk about '31 things from my 31st year' instead.



1 - I went to FLORIDA and wore Minnie Mouse ears most days
2 - I saw the thanksgiving day parade in New York
3 - My sisters & I got hammered with my 83 year old Nana
4 - My two sisters turned 30!!
5 - I lost 2 and a half stones in weight
6 - I had my hair dyed for the first time in 3 years
7 - I wore underwear as outerwear WITH a fitted skirt for the first time EVER
8 - I WON AN AWARD as the 4th best blogger in Scotland!
9 - I got to meet some bloggers who I now class as friends - Jordanne, Katie, Jane & Pam! (all linked!)
10 - I realised that inspector gadget is in fact a cartoon. Mind blown.
11 - I grew closer to some amazing people and have the best friendship group ever!
12 - Went back to florida for the second time in one year. My liver is still recovering.
13 - I went to A&E for the first time ever after falling and tearing the ligaments & ripping the muscles in my foot.
14 - I was asked to speak at an event as an inspirational woman of the future.
15 - Had a hot tub night with the girls and wore a swimsuit for the first time in 2723792 years.
16 - I reached 4k on Instagram after a LOT of hard work.
17 - I filmed a video about Body Dysmorphia
18 - I rediscovered alcohol - bit of a weird one, but whereas some people drink to relax, I am the kind of person who would be too anxious to drink alcohol - I'm not drinking a lot, but I can now relax when I have a few!
19 - ... I also got drunk and kept doing 'Stars In Your Eyes' impressions to a guy called Matthew (like matthew kelly.. fail..)
20 - I let go of some people and situations that were toxic in my life
21 - I learned to stop looking so far into the future and living one day at a time.
22 - I worked with some incredible brands including L'oreal, Urban Decay, Lancome, Kiss, Simply Be, Boohoo, Real Techniques, Michael Kors and many many more
23 - Once every 6 weeks or so, myself & my sisters go for a boozy lunch - Best. Invention. EVER.
24 - I started singing again - yay for me, not so much for everyone else in the house
25 - I did my bedrooom up! think pink, grey, gold & navy aesthetics
26 - I stopped taking sugar in my coffee (it sucks but it helps keep the sugar cravings at bay - I'm a 'if I taste it once I want it ALL NOW' kinda lass...)
27 - My friend drew me!
28 - I went to the Edinburgh Christmas markets again (it's a yearly tradition now!)
29 - My Dad turned 60 and we spent the day at my aunts & uncles where my cousins, my sisters & I proved why we shouldn't drink together very often (#messy!!) haha!
30 - I met someone :)
31 - I laughed more than I have in a really long long time.

I wonder what my 32nd year will bring?

H x
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9.11.2018

Urban Decay Born To Run Palette

It's likely you will have seen the new Urban Decay Born to Run Palette making it's rounds amongst beauty lovers across social media and whilst it may look amazing, I thought it was time to put it through it's paces and do a review, swatches and even a few makeup looks I've created using the palette.


A BIT ABOUT THE PALETTE

The Urban Decay Born To Run Palette is designed to be the one palette you can pack for any occasions or destinations. It is marketed as the only palette you need to pack and with a whopping 21 shades, it's likely the palette genuinely does have something that everyone will like.

With that said, it's a bit like an all you can eat buffet, there's definitely something there that you will like, but it's unlikely that you like everything. Is it really worth paying £20 for as much chicken pakora that your stomach can handle? is it worth spending £39.50 on a palette where only one or two shades will tickle your fancy?

Let's find out!

SHADE SELECTION

BREAKAWAY (warm ivory shimmer)
STRANDED (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer)
BLAZE (light metallic peach with pink shift)
WEEKENDER (light neutral beige matte)
STILL SHOT (bright peach)
RIFF (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle)
GOOD AS GONE (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)
HELL RIDE (deep fuchsia matte)
BAJA (burnt orange matte)
ACCELERATE (reddish copper metallic)
GUILT TRIP (smoky purple shimmer)
IGNITE (rose gold metallic)
SMOG (deep coppery bronze shimmer)
WANDERLUST (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)
WILDHEART (bright fuchsia)
PUNK (red-brown matte)
DOUBLE LIFE (metallic rust)
JET (black with deep shimmering purple shift)
DRIFT (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle)
RADIO (deep emerald satin)

The palette has a good mix of matte, shimmer & metallic shades and whether you're in a casual neutral toned mood, or a fiery colourful mood, the Urban Decay Born To Run has got plenty to offer.

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VERDICT

This is a really versatile product - it's less like an indian all you can eat buffet and more like an Indian, Italian, Chinese & Everything else kind of all you can eat buffet - yes, I am 31 years old and comparing a makeup palette to an all you can eat buffet.. Moving on..

I am a 'moody' kind of woman. I dress and style myself according to my mood at the time of getting ready, which is why palettes with a large selection of shades & textures works well for me. I have been able to create six different looks so far using just one palette, and coming from the girl who uses roughly three palettes everytime I get ready for a night out, that's pretty impressive.

As always with Urban Decay, the eyeshadows are highly pigmented (even more so when used with fix+ or similar)and have a really creamy formula. I've always loved UD eyeshadows and find they stay put on my eyes all day long so as always, I'm impressed with the performance and quality of the palette.

The Urban Decay Born To Run Palette is available from Look Fantastic for £39.50

*Post contains affilaite links.

H x
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9.05.2018

9 Things I love About September

September for me is a defining month of the year and I'm yet to speak to anyone who doesn't love it in one shape or form.


Here are 9 things I love about September:

1 - HELLO WINTER TV!
Aye ok, calm it, keep yer troos' on. I know it's not Winter, but the BEST TV starts in September - The Xfactor is back, Jonathan Ross, TOWIE, Made In Chelsea and the Bodyguard. Have you been watching it? Richard Madden.. Drool..

2 - THE WEATHER
I know a lot of you are going to shout abuse at me, but screw you all, I like Autumn AND winter way more than Summer weather. It's cool enough that I'm not sweating like I've been on a hike just carrying the shopping to the car and warm enough that I've not quite turned my electric blanket on yet. Yes, I am an eighty year old trapped in a 31 year olds body..

3 - FASHION
Bye bye bum hingin' out of short shorts and HELLO high waisted everything, black tights, knitted dresses and finally... BOOTS! they're so comfy and convenient, no-one needs a pedicure to wear them either, bonus!

4 - CANDLES
I can't lie, I've already lit a Pumpkin spice candle and I'm not even ashamed to admit it.

5 - DARK NIGHTS
I quite like it when it's pitch black outside by 8.30pm. I like feeling like it's acceptable to go to bed early when it's dark instead of whapping out the blackout curtains because it's still light out at 10pm and that's WAY past my bedtime. Obvs.

6 - DARKER MAKEUP
I was born with a red lip obsession and can't wait to rock out darker makeup now that it's 'socially' acceptable. Apparently looking like a 31 year old goth in June isn't cool..

7 - CHRISTMAS MOVIES
Obviously, this is a teeny bit premature but I've already watched Miracle on 34th Street & Elf. No shame.

8 - MUSIC
As much as I love some summer anthems, I don't think I can stand to listen to one more repetition of 'One Kiss' by Dua Lipa & Calvin Harris. I love that the whole 'vibe' is changing in september.

9 - MY BIRTHDAY
My birthday is on the 19th and as much as I HATE turning another year older, I love that I get to spend time with family & friends. I love being a virgo (sounds weird!) but I love that in September there's more 'Virgo' related products and fun things. I just like that it's a time where I have something to relate with others over - like I'm part of something that defines me and I'm meant to be. I have no idea if that makes sense or if it sounds as though I've had too much gin again. Either way, you get the drift...

There's the 9 things I love about September! What do you like about it?

H x
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